How To Create A Dog Friendly Garden

The sunny warm days of summer are coming soon! That means its time for you and your pup to get outside and enjoy nature. If you like to get outside by gardening here are a few tips to make your garden a safe and enjoyable environment for your dog.

1. Picking Safe Plants

Before you decide on what plants you would like to include in your garden you first have to make sure they are non toxic to dogs. ASPCA has a complete list of toxic plants to reference when choosing.

For the gardener beginner, I Heart Dogs created a great list full of bright and colorful plants to choose from. If you would like to make your garden a more exciting place for your pup consider adding some herbs. Medicinal herbs with strong scents will keep your dog busy using their strong sense of smell. They also have added health benefits! Modern Dog created a list of dog safe herbs.

NOTE: Always check with your vet if your dog has health complications.

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2. Designated Digging Area

Unfortunately some dogs like to dig! This can be a little discouraging when maintaining a garden but The Humane Society has some great tips on how to stop your dog from digging. Our favorite is to build a sandbox, and bury treats and toys. Its a fun activity for both you and your pup, and it keeps your yard hole free!

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3. Water Source

Summer days can be hot, so it is important to make sure your dog is hydrated. Do this buy making sure there is always a water source available. We love the idea of installing an outdoor water fountain. If this is not an option for you we this durable Yeti dog bowl. is a must have.

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4. Create Paths & Borders

To deter your dog from running through your plants consider making paths by using pea gravel, or mulch. Pea gravel has no sharp edges and doesn't get hot in the sun so its perfect for your pup to walk  on. This Old House has a great step by step guide to help you construct your own DIY paths.

Creating boarders by having a fence installed is essential for anyone who lives close to roads. This will allow your to have peace of mind while your pup roams free.

5. Shelter & Comfort

On sunny days its important to have shade for your pup. Trees and awnings are great ways provide shade. Place a bed in these areas to provide a comfortable resting spot. If you are lacking natural shade Hayneedle has an awesome dog bed with a built in canopy. This way your pup can take a comfy break in the shade. 

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